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  1. Hi George

    I am seeing incredible shifts in teacher practice and new opportunities for students to learn through the tools they now have access to, especially Google. We are on the right track, we just need more machines so that we can see revolutionary change in the schools. I know you have said in the past that relationships are everything and I agree with this, but things really change in a big way when a student has access to a Chromebook and Google tools all day long.

    Where I don’t see as much change is in the way we do leadership. To me the students and teachers are racing ahead and they are leaving their administrators in their dust. We still have the same top down system of leadership that we have always had and unfortunately, I don’t see that changing. As you mention in an earlier post, we have a small group of people responsible for making the big decisions. They listen to the same small group of people who may not be in close enough contact with what is really going on in the schools.

    Change is taking place, but there need to be more voices heard if we are going to have really significant, sustainable change.

    • George

      I think that is a great point Paul. Jamie Notter has said in his talks that we expect innovation in every aspect of our lives, so why don’t we expect it in leadership?

  2. Jason Lane

    George, best post ever. The term shift is not important to me. The discussion is. I’m in the process of putting together a digital citizenship program for my school and this post has slowed me down and encouraged me to look towards where we are headed, not where (we think) we are.

  3. Jessica Greenberg

    Great post, George. In these first minutes of the Internet revolution, it seems like a lot of educators are distracted by the initial growing pains as these systemic shifts are moving forward unnoticed. These shifts not only change pedagogy, but existing social hierarchies. Teachers and institutions are no longer the keepers of knowledge who bestow it to carefully chosen others from on high. Knowledge is now moving in a LATERAL direction: http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2015/03/six-powerful-motivations-driving-social-learning-by-teens/ This is a dramatic shift that empowers groups and individuals outside of the elite and what I find truly exciting about this new world.

  4. Adrienne Campos

    Hello George,

    This is my first time reading your blog, and I have to say it was very enjoyable and thought provoking. I agree that we need to have our students demonstrate digital empathy, not just digital citizenship. Being a good citizen is more than just making responsible choices online; it is also how we get students to realize that there is an actual person on the other side of the computer screen. That is something that often gets forgotten with technology. I know the post dealt with other educational shifts such as focusing students’ voices into positions of leadership so that they can lead their peers into the future, and having an “innovators mindset” so that we can connect with each other and grow for the benefit of our students, but your first observation resonated with me.

  5. icheeks

    I would like to hightlight the statement regarding Carol Dweck’s work on a growth mindset. I believe this is the key shift that is missing in many classrooms that students are always capable of learning and growing they are not fixed. I am charged as an instructional leader to motivate, challenge, and sometimes make my teachers uncomfortable with the status quo so that our students and school continue to grow.

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